What’s On in Glasgow? Glasgow Zine Festival

This weekend, Glasgow will see the return of the Glasgow Zine Festival, run by the Glasgow Zine Library. This event will run for two days – Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April – at CCA Glasgow, with talks, readings, performances, workshops, and a zine fair of over 70 different makers. It’s a yearly opportunity for those interested in zines (and those who know nothing about them) to “come, see, make, share, and do.”

This organisation is doing everything it can to boost independent publishing, educate the city on the importance of DIY zines and creativity, and champion marginalised voices. They're a force for good and well worth supporting.

Events Rundown

Glasgow Zine Fest events are ticketed using a sliding scale (unless otherwise stated on the event page). Depending on your situation, you can pay between £2 and £10 for each ticket. Glasgow Zine Festival and Glasgow Zine Library are fantastic projects, and we’d really recommend heading down and checking out one or two of the events if you’re around this weekend. They won’t disappoint!

All Weekend

Zine Fair 2019

Running throughout the festival, Zine Fair 2019 is your opportunity to see and buy zines from over 70 different creators. 11:00-12:00 each morning is an accessible hour for those with mobility needs and those who struggle in large crowds. The event is then open to the rest of the public from 12:00-18:00. Learn more.


A Creative Introduction to Wall Art (drop in between 12:00-17:00)

Learn and experiment with  a range of art techniques to create a piece of collaborative Wall Art, as well as a piece of your own art which you can take home. The event is suitable for all ages and abilities. Learn more.

Speed Storyboarding: The Writer’s Block Dream (12:00-14:00)

Learn how a speedy card came can help with your story writing, and leave with an unexpected end to your tale. Learn more.

Mural Making Workshop (12:00-15:00)

Hear about how Recoat (a team specialising in murals and urban artwork) create their work, learn mural painting techniques and contribute to a collaborative artwork. Learn more.

Fiercely Independent and Queer! (13:00-14:30)

Hear from Charlotte and Fi, owners of queer bookshop Category Is Books, and learn about the importance of queer spaces, representation and visibility. Learn more.

Coptic Bookbinding (15:00-17:30)

Learn how to bind using this exposed spine technique, and sew your own multiple section book. This event is suitable for “ambitious beginners” and those with some experience. Learn more.

Black Women’s Independent Publishing (16:30-18:00)

Discover and discuss the political history and significance of Black women’s independent publishing in the UK. This event centres Black women and people of colour, though all races and genders are welcome. Learn more.

Evening with Travis Alabanza (20:00-21:30)

Travis Alabanza is the writer of critically acclaimed poetry book “Before I Step Outside (you love me)”, and has recently sold out a 5 star reviewed show Burgerz. Head down to this event to hear readings from their work and unique discussion of the issues surrounding transness, gender, race and class. Learn more.


Mind Urself (11:00-13:00)

A workshop on mental health and zine making with fomapress. Make your own zine responding to your experiences and the materials provided. Learn more.

Children’s Collage Workshop (drop in between 12:00-17:00)

Discover playful methods of storytelling, experiment with texture, colour and shape, and create imaginary characters and creatures. Older participants can learn to storyboard their own picture book or mini graphic novel. Learn more.

Cut and Paste: Cataloguing for Zine Libraries (13:30-15:00)

Discuss ideas around cataloguing like anonymity, anti-copyright and content notes, and the issues with cataloguing work in ways which feel at odds with DIY radical content. Learn more.

Decolonising Drawing (16:00-18:00)

Learn about five practical techniques of decolonising drawing from artist Jacob V Joyce – from reverse anthropology to weaponised afrofuturism. Learn more.

Tabloid Art History (19:00-20:30)

Hear about starting an independent project, running a zine and paying contributors from TabloidArtHistory, creators of TAH – a zine that uses creative writing, illustration, interviews and essays to explore the links between art history and popular culture. Learn more.


To support the work that Glasgow Zine Library do for independent publishing and marginalised voices, check out their donations page. The library is active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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